This post wraps up my surveys about how readers follow and interact with blogs. If you missed Part 1, you can catch up here. Once again we topped 30 respondents, so the results are statistically valid—at least in regard to the people who read my blog. The comments made it clear that many of us are busy people with busy lives who struggle to keep up with everything we do. I think we need a collective breather before the end of the year.
With that said, let’s dive into the poll results so you can move to the next item on your day’s to-do list.
Do You Respond To Blog Posts?
Do You Respond
I hoped that people who normally don’t respond would answer this question. But there were no “never” replies. Of course, such readers might have refused to answer on principle. That’s okay.
We’re conscientious folks in this corner of Blog Land, and most of us respond as often as possible to as many posts as we can. Based on the comments, sometimes we can’t reply because of time constraints. Also, if we don’t know what to say (such as in response to someone’s very personal experience) or feel we have nothing new to offer, we might leave only a “like” or not respond.
How Do You Respond To Blog Posts?
How Do You Respond
I’m glad to say we’re flexible in our responses. No one who took the poll leaves only likes or only comments. Most of us leave a like or comment or both, depending on our available time, comfort level with the blogger, and personal interests. There is a group of bloggers that thinks “likes” are too reminiscent of Facebook and doesn’t use them. But there’s another group at the other end of the spectrum that relies heavily on the “like” button.
I have to admit, I like the “like” button. Sometimes that’s the best way for me to respond. What I don’t like about the self-hosted blogs is that they don’t have like buttons. Sometimes I don’t have time for more, and at others I don’t feel comfortable commenting. Without the like button, I can’t let those bloggers know I stopped by.
When Do You Respond To Blog Posts?
When Do You Respond
As you see in this last graph, we try to respond! By far, we either respond to most posts by most bloggers we follow or at least more often on some blogs than others. I suspect there’s a correlation between these two replies and the number of blogs followed. I bet the more blogs we follow, the more likely we are to respond more to some than others.
There you have the results. I hope you’ve enjoyed the chance to compare your blogging habits with those of other readers. In this hectic month jam-packed with various holidays, I’ll keep my posts shorter so as not to take up too much of your limited time. Now go enjoy your day!